27 Jun 2012

AusAID doubles assistance to Fiji

3:48 pm on 27 June 2012

The Australian aid agency AusAID has announced a doubling of aid to Fiji.

The agency's director, Peter Baxter, says AusAID will increase its aid to 36 million US dollars from next month.

The assistance will go towards strengthening primary health services, increasing childhood immunisation and improving maternal health.

Mr Baxter says it will also help increase the number of children attending and staying in school with 180 schools expected to benefit over the next four years.

He says Australia will also help educate the next generation of leaders by providing more scholarships for study in Australia.

Australia is Fiji's largest bilateral donor and will provide the country with an estimated 56 million US dollars in official development assistance in the coming year.